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WSJ Puts Kyoto in Its Place January 19, 2006, 5:12 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Environment.
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You know, as much as the EU and Canada like to rip on us for our “careless negligence” when it comes to the environment and global warming, this is one of those occasions where they clearly need sit back and drink a nice, hot cup of shut the fuck up.

From today’s Opinion Journal linked WSJ.com article:

The Kyoto environmental protocol committed nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By this standard, the pact’s biggest fans, the Europeans, are failing. And what about the U.S., the global villain for withdrawing approval of the accord in 2001? It’s doing very well, thank you.

Let’s go to the latest numbers from the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. Most European countries have seen an increase in greenhouse gas emissions since signing Kyoto with great fanfare in 1997. No fewer than 13 out of the 15 original EU signatories are on track to miss their 2010 emissions targets — by as much as 33 percentage points, in the case of Spain.

Or consider Denmark, home of the EU’s environmental watchdog. Rather than reduce levels by 21% as the accord stipulates, Denmark has so far notched a 6.3% increase in emissions since 1990, the base year used in Kyoto. The likely gap between its Kyoto commitment and its emissions levels projected for 2010 is 25.2 percentage points.

Wow, lookie who found a cookie. The funny part about this is that even if we achieve those pre-1990 emission measurements, the Kyoto Protocol’s estimated impact on actual global temperatures is that atmospheric temperatures will be reduced by a mere 0.19 degrees C over the next 50 years. Set aside for a moment any thoughts on how much impact a 0.19 degree C drop will have, but if the Euro’s can’t even make their goal that is needed for only a 0.19 degree decrease, we might as well give up and wait for the end days because, sure as shit, we are fucked. Oh yeah, and China, the world’s 2nd largest polluter is exempt as well as India, which is no scab itself when it comes to emissions (their “developing nation” statuses provide the exemption). Awesome.

Just to complete the picture of giant douche-dom:

Alas, no one is talking about reducing the amount of hot air produced by politicians. At the U.N.’s environmental summit in Montreal last year, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas of Greece spoke grandly of Europe’s continuing leadership in the reduction of greenhouse gases. Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada, another Kyoto diehard, chimed in that America lacked a “global conscience.” For the record, Greece and Canada saw emissions rise 23% and 24%, respectively, since 1990, far above the U.S. rate.

Paul Martin…eat a dick. I can’t wait to see you go down in a few days, and to a FRICKIN’ TORY AT THAT!!


Stop Global Warming Now, Before It’s Too Late! January 14, 2006, 1:42 am

Posted by quintapalus in Environment, Satire.

Step 1: Eliminate the internal combustion engine!!!

Step 2: Kill all plant life!!!!

Whoa, time out Green Bay; do what again?!?!

Oh, you didn’t hear? Now it’s those living, breathing bastard plants that are causing the coming apocalypse:

LONDON (Reuters) – German scientists have discovered a new source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide in its impact on climate change. The culprits are plants. They produce about 10 to 30 percent of the annual methane found in the atmosphere, according to researchers at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. The scientists measured the amount of methane released by plants in controlled experiments. They found it increases with rising temperatures and exposure to sunlight. “Significant methane emissions from both intact plants and detached leaves were observed … in the laboratory and in the field,” Dr Frank Keppler and his team said in a report in the journal Nature. Methane, which is produced by city rubbish dumps, coal mining, flatulent animals, rice cultivation and peat bogs, is one of the most potent greenhouse gases in terms of its ability to trap heat. Concentrations of the gas in the atmosphere have almost tripled in the last 150 years. About 600 million tonnes worldwide are produced annually. The scientists said their finding is important for understanding the link between global warming and a rise in greenhouse gases.

Understand indeed. Before we start doing radical things that could drastically screw up our economy, can we at least have some idea of what we are grappling with? Cause right now, it seems like we don’t have a freakin’ clue.

My favorite part:

But the study also poses questions, such as how such a potentially large source of methane could have been overlooked and how plants produced it.

Translation: umm…well…you see…”Let me explain to you how this works. See, the corporations finance Team America. And then Team America goes out, and the corporations sit there in their…in their corporation buildings, and, see, they’re all corporation-y, and they make money.”

What can I say but “WE DIDN’T LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Funny…I Didn’t Know Chimpy McHaliburtonBush was President 55,000,000 Years Ago January 4, 2006, 10:54 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Environment, Satire.

The funny thing about this story is that while it contains info meant to be shocking and frightening about the possible effects of global warming, its use of a natural occurrence of global warming 55,000,000 years ago will make it very difficult (for all but the most dedicated of moonbats at least) to place the blame for this squarely at Bush’s feet.

I mean, since we all “just know” that global warming is caused by evil Republikkkans who fight wars for oil, this story practically begs the question: did Bush and his NeoCon cronies finally discover the legendary “Flux Capacitor?”

The operation to recover the Lost Ark of the Covenant in Iraq (you know, it’s necessary to establish the Bush theocracy) is really starting to bear fruit. Thank God that Bush didn’t know “to take back one kadam to honor the Hebrew God” until he finally spoke to Wolfowitz last week because we would’ve never found this sucker at “Site A” otherwise.

Digging in the wrong place indeed!

Oh, and “Jewish controlled media empire”…nice try with that smokescreen story of “Bush hits head on sink while trying to hang clock in Oval Office bathroom, has vision.” I knew that story was a little off, but if 9/11 has taught us anything, it is that you have to connect the dots.

Seriously, is RFK, Jr a Hypocritical Dick or What? December 17, 2005, 1:28 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Democrat Stupidity, Environment.

I don’t know how many of you have read this nuanced, carefully reasoned and well thought out complete piece of drivel and tripe masquerading as an op-ed piece in the New York Times (man, if I had a nickel for every time I have written that sentence…well, it’s only a nickel for each pop, but I’d still have like $11.85), but it’s like an instruction manual into the mindset of your typical NIMBY occupied, limousine liberal. In fact, everything that I would need to take his arguments apart, he provides for me.

Affectionately titled “An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod,” the marginally retarded Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. makes his best argument against a proposed wind farm project that is set to be installed six miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Surely you must be asking, “But Quintapalus, isn’t RFK, Jr. one of today’s pre-eminent environmental whackos? How could he possibly be against a proposed wind farm – a pollution free, renewable energy source?” Well, if you asked that question, give yourself a gold star, and to answer it, we must do the unthinkable and read this wretched article.